A. Lange & Söhne
1815 Chronograph | rose gold
This 1815 Chronograph combines the same, exceptional base chronograph movement as the mythical Datograph, with a more pared-back design and size. Measuring 39mm by 10.8mm, with a rose gold case and clean silver dial, this is perhaps the most restrained and classic chronograph from the German manufacture.
The Rebirth of A. Lange & Söhne
The name Lange has been tied to watchmaking and the Saxony area of Germany for centuries. In the 1800s, Ferdinand Aldoph Lange – which is where the “A” in A. Lange & Söhne comes from – began his watchmaking journey under the tutelage of master watchmaker, Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Passed from father to son, the Lange name flourished, before encountering considerable obstacles during 20th century. The brand got caught-up in the turmoil caused by World War One, the financial crash of 1929, World War Two and was finally placed under the rule of the Soviet Union. The company was nationalised for the next 45 years, essentially spelling the end of the A. Lange & Söhne name.
Years later, in 1990, the brand was resuscitated by the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Walter, and watch industry veteran, Günter Blümlein. Blümlein, a Nuremberg native who grew up in post-War Germany, had previously overseen the resurgence of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This started the four-year journey that Lange and Blümlein would go on with their small team to bring the company back from the ashes, with the release of their first four models on the 24th October 1994. These innovative models, all of the with their own distinctive visual language, the Arkade, Saxonia, Tourbillon Pour le Mérite and the Lange 1.
Reshaping the Chronograph Landscape
In 1999, A. Lange & Söhne introduced the Datograph, powered by the caliber L951.1. The movement challenged the status quo that had been in place for decades, where high-end manufactures such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet used movements provided by external suppliers. The newly developed caliber combined impressive mechanics with a remarkable aesthetic construction. It was praised by none other than Philippe Dufour, who owns a Datograph himself, and wears it on a frequent basis. As the Swiss watchmaker put it,
“Take ten movements out of the current range of any contemporary brand, put them next to a Lange movement, and comment honestly on what you see. That is the best way to judge — by examining the truth.”
However, when it was first launched, the Datograph was not to everyones' tastes. Some collectors clamoured for a more restrained and thinner version of the design, which prompted the German manufacture to release the 1815 Chronograph in 2004. It was powered by the caliber L951.0, which is essentially a stripped down version of the Datograph movement, where the big date mechanism has been removed. Apart from this, the caliber boasts the same technical and aesthetic characteristics as its older sibling.
When it was first released, the 1815 Chronograph featured a dial constructed on four layers, with a chapter ring and a pulsometer placed in the periphery. In 2010, the design was rendered simpler, with the pulsometer and chronograph hashmarks being removed, and other subtle changes being made throughout. These changes make the second generation pieces perhaps the most restrained chronographs ever made by the German manufacture. The caliber was also updated, with a range of technical improvements. These second generation 1815 Chronographs were exclusively produced between 2010 and 2014, in white and pink gold.
This 1815 Chronograph 402.032 features a pared-back dial, made out of solid silver. It is subtly layered over three levels, with the minute track sitting at the highest point, followed by the hour numerals, which are executed in the brand’s classic font. The central portion of the dial, which features the A. Lange & Söhne signature and the subdials, sits at the lowest point. This layering creates a satisfying level of depth, which becomes especially prominent when light hits the dial at different angles.
The subdials, which are larger than those found on the first generation, display the running seconds and the minutes of the chronograph function. Meanwhile, the blued steel hands bring a welcome touch of contrast to the design. Measuring 39 mm by 10.8mm, the case is made out of rose-gold, which leans into the classic aesthetic of the piece. The case features the brand’s distinctive notched lugs, which are mirror polished and bevelled separately, then attached to the case. The pushers follow the lines of the case, with subtle bevels used on the edges.
This 1815 Chronograph 402.032 is powered by the caliber L951.5, which combines a range of impressive technical and aesthetic features. The architecture of A. Lange and Söhne movements are perhaps their most distinctive feature, with a three dimensional aspect that is truly unique. It features a column wheel, lateral clutch and flyback chronograph movement. Every bridge is ribbed, polished and chamfered, with a hand engraved balance cock bringing an additional flourish.
The minute hand of the chronograph jumps in one minute increments rather than moving continuously, which allows for accurate reading of the timing function. The “flyback” chronograph function also allows the stopwatch to be instantaneously restarted for continuous timing, without having to stop, reset, and restart the chronograph. It is comprised of 306 parts and has an approximate power reserve of 60 hours.
This A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph comes with its outer box, inner box, manuals, polishing cloth, original hangtag (displaying the €41,300 retail price) and the Warranty (confirming sale in 2015 in Spain). It comes on our sand-grained leather Cairo strap, as well as its brown alligator strap and corresponding rose gold tang buckle.
If sold within the United Kingdom, this 1815 Chronograph will be subject to 20% VAT. Viewings are currently suspended for the time being.
|Brand:||A. Lange & Söhne|
|Model:||1815 Chronograph 402.032|
|Movement:||mechanical manual-winding cal. L951.5|
|Functions:||hours, minutes, sub-seconds, chronograph|
|Features:||silver dial, rose gold case
|Case:||39 mm rose gold|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Strap:||Cairo strap, brown alligator strap, rose gold tang buckle|
|Box & papers:||
outer box, inner box, manuals, polishing cloth, original paper hangtag, Warranty
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